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The 23rd Psalm Audiobook

The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Memoir

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In September, 1939, George Lucius Salton's boyhood in Tyczyn, Poland, was shattered by escalating violence and terror under German occupation. His father, a lawyer, was forbidden to work, but 11-year-old George dug potatoes, split wood, and resourcefully helped his family. They suffered hunger and deprivation, a forced march to the Rzeszow ghetto, then eternal separation when 14-year-old George and his brother were left behind to labor in work camps while their parents were deported in boxcars to die in Belzec. For the next three years, George slaved and barely survived in 10 concentration camps, including Rzeszow, Plaszow, Flossenburg, Colmar, Sachsenhausen, Braunschweig, Ravensbrck, and Wobbelin.

Cattle cars filled with skeletal men emptied into a train yard in Colmar, France. George and the other prisoners marched under the whips and fists of SS guards. But here, unlike the taunts and rocks from villagers in Poland and Germany, there was applause. "I could clearly hear the people calling: 'Shame! Shame!'... Suddenly, I realized that the people of Colmar were applauding us! They were condemning the inhumanity of the Germans!" Of the 500 prisoners of the Nazis who marched through the streets of Colmar in the spring of 1944, just 50 were alive one year later when the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division liberated the Wobbelin concentration camp on the afternoon of May 2, 1945. "I felt something stir deep within my soul. It was my true self, the one who had stayed deep within and had not forgotten how to love and how to cry, the one who had chosen life and was still standing when the last roll call ended."

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    "One of the best holocaust books I've read."
    What made the experience of listening to The 23rd Psalm the most enjoyable?

    Personal account of suffering Jewish boy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 23rd Psalm?

    Eating human stew.


    What about Ken Kliban’s performance did you like?

    He seemed to capture the youth of George.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It seemed bad news followed bad throughout till the end when he was rescued.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-16-13
    Susie Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."

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    "A Gift to All of Us"

    I've read and interviewed many witnesses to the Holocaust about that time in their lives, and there is always another story that defies belief, both in humanity, and survival.

    This is one of those stories, a very poetic one, too.

    I just didn't stop listening, moist-eyed, until the end, when we learn how he finally shared his experiences with his children, after shielding them for most of their lives.

    I was also one of those children whose parent had a terrible historical secret. It moves me so much when parents come around and open up.

    He couldn't have written this book if it hadn't been for that reconciliation, and it's a gift to all of us.

    Talk about "Never Again."

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    E. Mathur Cleveland, Oh 10-22-14
    E. Mathur Cleveland, Oh 10-22-14
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    "I could not stop listening!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Such a heartbreaking story, but also a story of survival. I think we can learn a lot from these stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 23rd Psalm?

    I can't pinpoint just one. His choices were sort of a domino effect. You get to points in the book where you say to yourself, "wow, had he made one different decision he would not have survived". Its powerful.


    What about Ken Kliban’s performance did you like?

    He made me feel as though he was the author telling the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried in a few places in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read, especially if you enjoy memoirs!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Little Suamico, WI, United States 12-27-13
    Barbara Little Suamico, WI, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "All the Passion of a Newscast"
    Would you try another book from George Lucius Salton and/or Ken Kliban?

    I might consider a book by George Lucius Salton, but I would definitely not buy a book narrated by Ken Kliban.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Obviously, the content of the Holocaust is compelling in and of itself. As a teacher, I've read several paper-copy books on this subject and have even heard Henry Golde (Holocaust survivor) speak in-person. That said, the story is coming off more like a series of sentences, rather than a memoir. In the author's defense, I'm not sure it's because of the narration or something else, since I'm obviously listening, rather than reading.


    What didn’t you like about Ken Kliban’s performance?

    Ken sounds like a very nice man, but a man with little emotion; this book has all the passion of a nightly newscast. I'm on Chapter 6 and am just hoping that someone else will be narrating, too. Otherwise, I'm not sure I'll finish it. I've listened to to other books this month and found them to be much better; the narrators changed their voices to sound younger when reading parts of younger characters. Ken's reading, while sincere, lacks inflection/tone to match the content, in my opinion.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The book isn't sparking anything beyond general interest, at this point.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to hear a boy's voice (or an effort to sound younger, at least) for the parts of the author's childhood.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Tremendous"

    I found this book tremendously moving. The performance was a little difficult to get used to at first, but it grows on you. As another reviewer said, it is hard to remember that the narrator ia not actually the young boy. This book is raw, and full of emotion . If you are a fan of this type of history , then you will love this one

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    Savon CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 04-26-16
    Savon CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 04-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Officially a Holocaust Memoir Favorite"
    Would you listen to The 23rd Psalm again? Why?

    Absolutely. I am a huge WW2 Memoir fan and I'd have to say aside from Auschwitz... This one got to me. I've devoured
    Auschwitz
    Unbroken
    The elephant company
    In the garden of beasts
    Monument men
    Band of brothers
    Helmet for my pillow
    With the old breed
    The great escape
    This is my most recent read and defiantly one that will stick with me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 23rd Psalm?

    The end, I just can't get over the fact that he never found his brother. His complete conquest of the American dream and of his past was a tear jerking part for me.


    Which character – as performed by Ken Kliban – was your favorite?

    There really weren't any character voices in this novel.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I thought they'd killed all the Jews.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jfm 03-24-16
    Jfm 03-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Holocaust memoir"

    I have read a number of books relating to the holocaust. This one is really good. The things this man had endured at such a young age is enough to make your eyes water.

    The narrator does a great job and I would definitely listen to him narrate again.

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    suzanne Milwaukee, WI, United States 01-31-16
    suzanne Milwaukee, WI, United States 01-31-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Heartbreaking"

    this story is just heartbreaking. We need to remember how cruel people can be and guard not to do this again. When one hears fanatics ranting their hate remember that is how NAZI Germany starting with the ravings of a mad man and the people following blindly behind him. Beware of who you believe and follow.

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    12/17/14
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    "Heartbreaking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES AND NO, it is very sad, and the Germans and Poles on the whole were quite terrible people during this story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 23rd Psalm?

    The paint episode


    Have you listened to any of Ken Kliban’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    NO


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Listen to it on long journeys. Have not finished but I am totally gripped.


    Any additional comments?

    The way the story is told I love, there does not need to be any fake tv drama, the events being so terrible and so real did not need the adjectives so many other books require.

    The actions of those around speak for themselves. I only down side so far is that it is so sad and pretty miserable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • geoff luck
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    "A truly moving and shocking history"

    This is one not to miss, and is in my opinion an important document in its own right.
    I was moved to tears, angered, and stunned.
    You will not regret absorbing this book,it made me seek perspective on how we now live, and take so much for granted in our lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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